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Small Steps Towards Sustainability

Let’s face it: most talks around sustainability and green design are dull, preachy, and hand-wringingly apocalyptic when they aren’t all “Design Can Save The World!.” Which is why I was so happy to stumble onto Lunar Design’s The Designer’s Field Guide to Sustainability (pdf).

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On Drawing

Earlier this week I attended a talk at Adaptive Path by Dan Roam. It’s not surprising that the author of “The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures” would be pretty handy with a pen, but the talk provoked more thought than I anticipated.

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Designing Products in an Open Source World

My friend and former colleague Brandon Schauer tipped me off to the Open Prosthetics Project. It’s a really fascinating glimpse into the future of product design, when the values of “Web 2.0” (transparency, community participation, hackability, the sharing of data) permeate fully into the world of physical objects.

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Review: The Big Switch

Nicholas Carr has written an important, yet readable, book in The Big Switch: Rewiring the World from Edison to Google. It’s a book that, if the thesis is true, (and I suspect it is) it will have vast implications for those of us working in the technology and product design fields.

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Henry Dreyfuss: The Godfather of Inside-Out Design

When we were first talking about what the philosophy was behind how Kicker would design products, one of the terms we came up with was Inside-Out Design. Meaning that we care as much about how the product works as we do about how it looks or feels.

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Tap is the New Click Presentation

Here is a pdf version of the Tap is the New Click presentation slides (8mb) for your downloading pleasure!

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Tapping New York

I’m giving two presentations of my “Tap is the New Click” talk in New York next week. Both on the same day: Wednesday, September 17! First in the morning, it’s at Web 2.0 Expo. Then that night, I’m speaking at IxDA NY’s monthly meeting. As…

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Review: HCI Remixed

Thomas Erickson and David McDonald have put together an interesting selection of essays in HCI Remixed: Reflections on Works That Have Influenced the HCI Community . In a sense, this book is the B side to Bill Moggridge’s book Designing Interactions in that it tells…

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Creating Products, Not Experiences

Although Kicker does some of the activities that in a lot of circles would be called “User Experience” or “Experience Design,” it’s my feeling that experiences can’t really be designed. You can only provide the resources for people to have an experience; then it’s the…

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Kicker: Who We Are and What We’re About

I was speaking at a conference in Japan recently, and since it had just been launched there, the talk was all iPhone, iPhone, iPhone. An audience member asked the panel I was on if all organizations needed a Steve Jobs in order to get good…

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